ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A southeast Alaskan pilot had told family members the weather might be bad before his single-engine plane was found crashed last month, according to a new report.
An investigation began after the July 11 crash killed 68-year-old Wrangell pilot and attorney Michael Nash.
Nash was headed to Wrangell, Alaska, from Friday Harbor, Washington, after an annual inspection of his aircraft.
Nash told family members he had six hours of fuel and was planning to stop in Ketchikan to refill because it was cheaper, but that the forecast wasn’t looking good, investigators said.
The pilot told controllers in Ketchikan that he was on approach to a runway at the airport, investigators said.
The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, Ketchikan police, Alaska State Troopers and the Coast Guard searched for about two hours for Nash when he was three hours overdue to land.
Nash crashed into the side of an 800-foot hill on Gravina Island a few miles south of Ketchikan International Airport.